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[liberationtech] Open Solicitation for Concept Notes: Open Technology Fund

Griffin Boyce griffinboyce at
Tue Jul 2 12:07:28 PDT 2013

Nadim Kobeissi <nadim at> wrote:

> Frederick did not call OTF a tool of US oppression, but a tool for aiding
> U.S. foreign policy. I am very pleased that my project is supported by the
> excellent people at OTF, but let us not kid ourselves and say that U.S.
> foreign policy has nothing to do with anything. Even if foreign policy
> considerations are involved, though, they are not necessarily negative or
> in any way counter to the goals of developing liberation technology. But
> they simply affect our landscape.
> NK

  Well, sure.  And I would go so far as to say that various biases within
the US government has a serious negative impact when it comes to funding
for important projects.  Much of the non-profit grants funding in the US
trickle down from the government in some fashion.  (This is true well
outside libtech and the leakosphere).  But even if OTF is impacted by these
biases, I don't believe that the projects they fund are.  Which was my
point.  I know almost nothing about RFA's *other* projects.  But I disagree
with FN's statement that they are somehow "propping up US foreign policy."

  Just my $0.02.


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